Congratulations to the
2019 Community Grants Awardees!
The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV) celebrated the work of Valley nonprofits on Tuesday, July 9, at its annual Community Grants celebration. Held at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, the event was kicked off by two pointe ballet pieces from the Mountain Rhythm Company with CB School of Dance.
CFGV Board President, Jacob With, reviewed the process that’s followed prior to grants being awarded, emphasizing that CFGV rewards organizational excellence as well as furthering the missions of our many and diverse nonprofits.
This year’s Community Grants fund 32 groups – 7 more than in 2018. Some requested general support; others requested funding for a specific program. Each will impact the community in a unique way. The 2019 grantees are: Adaptive Sports Center; Bright Futures; CASA of the 7th Judicial District; Cattlemen’s Days/Tough Enough to Wear Pink; Celebrate the Beat; Cochetopa Horsemanship Therapy; Crested Butte Arts Festival; Crested Butte Center for the Arts; Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum; Crested Butte Mountain Theater; Crested Butte Nordic; Crested Butte Wildflower Festival; Gunnison Arts Center; Gunnison County Health & Human Services/Nurturing Parenting; Gunnison County Juvenile Services/Family Advocacy Support Team (FAST); Gunnison County Library/Center for Adult and Family Education (CAFE); Gunnison Hinsdale Early Childhood Council; Gunnison Valley Mentors; Gunnison Watershed School District/Crested Butte School Enrichment; Habitat for Humanity of Gunnison Valley; High Country Conservation Advocates; Hispanic Affairs Project; KBUT Community Radio; Living Journeys; Mountain Roots Food Project; Paradise Place; Project Hope; Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory; Seasons Schoolhouse; Six Points Evaluation and Training; The Dolphin House; Western Colorado University/Masters of Environmental Management; Western Colorado University/Athletics.
Executive Director Pam Montgomery commented, “CFGV donors are the real heart of Community Grants, making it possible to fund a wide variety of requests that reflect life in the Valley. CFGV donors see the Valley as a whole and look beyond today into the future. Thoughtful and generous, our donors are the cream of the crop.”
Community Grants are only one of the Foundation’s offerings for nonprofits. The nonprofit management library is available in CFGV’s office and is now a collection of Gunnison County Libraries. The Foundation brokers infusions of free technical help from Valley experts, provides information about and access to grants outside of the Valley, and offers ongoing training workshops on a variety of nonprofit-specific topics. These are just a few of the menu of CFGV’s programs for nonprofits. “We see our grants as more than money,” said Maryo Ewell, Director of Community Impact. “From a survey we did last year, we know that CFGV grants help the largest organizations with national or international scope connect more effectively with local residents, and we know that Community Grants enable many organizations to try something new. Community Grants can provide a bit of stability in challenging times. And, for new organizations, working through CFGV’s grant application helps ready them to attract funds from other foundations, businesses and individuals.”
Mark Ewing, CFGV Board Member, closed the celebration. He mused about the original meaning of the word “good,” saying, “Nothing is better than ‘good.’ The nonprofits of Gunnison County are collectively amazing and individually outstanding. In such a small population, there is so much goodness.”